Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool didn't deserve to win penalty against Everton'

Posted January 09, 2018

Although the finish brought the Toffees confidence, new Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk would ultimately break their hearts with a headed finish late on in front of the Kop to seal the close affair. "It was thoroughly deserved, it felt incredible to be out there, the goal is very special for me and my family".

Everton barely threatened in the first half but was much more risky after the break, equalizing through Gylfi Sigurdsson after a counterattack following a Liverpool corner.

In addition to his incredible aerial prowess, Van Dijk also recorded three interceptions, the most of any Liverpool player, and four clearances; second [on Liverpool] only to Joel Matip, who recorded six.

"It was a similar situation (to the penalty against Liverpool for Everton last month) - the first one was no penalty in my opinion and this one wasn't also".

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Van Dijk was constantly being harassed by the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney, Yannick Bolasie, and/or Gylfi Sigurdsson when he would go up to win headers in Liverpool's defensive third, but used his strength and clever body positioning to his advantage, sticking to his task well. "It is exactly the same situation".

Liverpool continued to carve out chances but were unable to provide the decisive touch and Everton hit them with an equaliser on the counter attack.

The most explosive incident, which could yet have repercussions, happened in the final stages of the first half after Mason Holgate shoved Roberto Firmino into - and over - the advertising boards.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has taken to social networking site Twitter to give his reaction to Virgil van Dijk's goal for Liverpool against Everton in the Merseyside derby.